Outside of Kevin Durant next summer, there won't be a lot of young, vibrant, rising talent on the free-agent market. But keep a close eye what's happening with a team such as the Sacramento Kings, which seems to be imploding -- yet again -- with a team meeting to "air differences" and DeMarcus Cousins reportedly cursing out his coach this week.
Think Wizards coach Randy Wittman had a bad day after his rant about the lack of rebounding from his "supposed big men" in Tuesday's 125-101 embarrassment to the Oklahoma City Thunder that dropped them to 3-4? At least he's not Kings coach George Karl who appears headed for an early exit after he lobbied for a job he probably regrets getting now.
At some point, the Kings, 1-7 entering Wednesday night, could have a fire sale and blow up everything. Cousins, a 6-10 forward-center who can rebound with the best of them, get 20 points per game and stretches the floor to the three-point line, hasn't gotten them anywhere in his sixth season.
It's doubtful that a team such as the Wizards, who value locker-room stability in light of the dysfunction that existed when they drafted John Wall at No. 1 overall in 2010, would be seriously interested if -- and that's a huge if -- Kings owner Vivek Ranadive opted to start over.
But this is where a player like Cousins, who was a teammate of Wall's at Kentucky, can be had at a relative bargain if -- and that's a huge if -- Ranadive were to do so. Not a bad Plan B after Durant.
On a side note, condolences to Caron Butler. He was with the Wizards when the team was dismantled after the Gilbert Arenas gun incident in the locker room and now this. He went from winning a championship with the Dallas Mavericks in 2011 to a circus in his twilight years. He deserves better.